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Comment Windows isn't free; it's cheaper than free (Score 1) 150

Bash is free software (as in speech) on all platforms. But GNU/Linux itself is not free as in beer for those who need to replace an incompatible laptop with a compatible one. Furthermore, laptops warranted by their manufacturer for use with GNU/Linux, such as System76 or Dell XPS, tend to have a higher sticker price than entry-level laptops warranted for use with Windows 10.

Comment Re:planned for AFTER hillary's election (Score 1, Troll) 59

The only election that counts has not occurred. That's December 19, 2016, and it's not the foregone conclusion that some of Mr. Trump's supporters claim. For one thing, as Secretary Clinton's popular vote margin continues to rise, there remains the distinct possibility that close states will flip to her slate of electors. For another, eight electors have already announced intent not to vote for their party's nominee.

Comment Re:Airtime is still scarce (Score 1) 190

You're talking about per-user airtime. I'm talking about "only X songs will be played on the air in this city this week"

Per-user airtime times the number of subscribers in a city equals per-city airtime.

My point is that schools ban "disruptive" electronic devices from school property, meaning the only music source left is the FM radio on the bus.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 1) 190

Thank you for the correction. Now what are your thoughts on the following claim?

Labels affiliated with RIAA are already finding your "favorite" bands for you. If I go through your music collection, 99% of it will be music from RIAA affiliated labels (or whatever IFPI affiliated marketing/promotion entity is in your part of the planet).

Comment Re:Whine whine whine... (Score 1) 190

Don't like the system, don't consume from it.

How can I avoid the system when the local grocery store licenses the system's music to play over its speaker system?

And how can I avoid the system when writing my own music? Is there an accepted way for a songwriter to avoid accidentally infringing the system's copyrights?

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 190

amongst the other videos they might watch that do not contain third party copyrighted music content

Or do they? Even if a video is ostensibly 100 percent original, how does the composer of the video's background music know that he or she isn't subconsciously infringing one of the millions of copyrighted musical compositions in existence?

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